By Gene and Katie Hamilton
In today's busy world, the soothing atmosphere and appeal of a water garden is hard to beat. The running water and floating flowers in a pond create a welcome environment to escape from the hectic noise and commotion of daily living. You can create a garden pond as the focal point of a landscape plan, or tuck it away as a quiet retreat. When you're considering adding one, choose a level area that gets plenty of sunshine because aquatic plants bloom best with a full day of direct sunlight. And choose an area of the yard that’s within reach of the garden spigot so the pond can be filled easily.
Installing a pond involves siting it by laying down an outline for the edges of the pond, excavating the area, laying down padding and underlayment, installing the liner, building a rock border, and then installing a filtration system. It's an ambitious project for a do-it-yourselfer, but well worth the effort.
A landscaper will charge $2,155 to install a shallow 6-ft.-by-8-ft. pond, which includes labor and material; but you can do it yourself for $565, the cost of a kit and the landscaping materials for a pond that size. The kit comes with all the components, including a 10-ft-by-15-ft liner, pump, filter, 25-feet of 1-in. tubing and fittings.
Here are instructions from WikiHOW How to Build a Backyard Pond.
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The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to create a garden pond with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.